The Beacon

Olive Chapel Elementary PTA News & Information

~ April 15 - April 19, 2019 ~



April 26 - School Spirit Day: Grade Color Wars

April 29 - SchoolKits (School Supplies for 2019-2020 school year) orders DUE (details below)

May 1 - NO SCHOOL (see note from WCPSS below)

May 3 - School Spirit Day: Star Wars Day (May the "Fourth" Be With You!)

May 6 - Field Day, Tracks 1 & 2

May 9 - Kindergarten Orientation, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

May 10 - Spring Carnival! Details to come!

May 13 - Field Day, Tracks 3 & 4


Oh Captains, Our Captains!

This week was Principal and Assistant Principal Appreciation Week!

We wanted to send a special shout out to the captains of our OCE ship, Dr. Steidinger and Ms. May. If you have a second, be sure to send them a message of thanks or give them a high five in the hall! They do so much every day to ensure our Clippers are provided the opportunities they need to achieve their fullest potential.

Thank you, Dr. Steidinger and Ms. May! You're simply the BEST!



Many of you are aware that thousands of educators from throughout North Carolina are planning to gather in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 1. They are attending a rally at the General Assembly to improve classroom opportunities for our children and to improve working conditions for teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others who support our schools.

At this time, nearly 2,000 Wake County teachers have requested time away from the classroom to participate in this rally. More requests are expected in the coming days. The number of requests far exceeds our number of available substitute teachers, which means we cannot ensure adequate instruction and supervision that day.

As a result, all schools will be closed for normal operations on Wednesday, May 1. It will become an optional teacher workday. No make-up day for students will be required due to the number of instructional hours already accumulated this year. We’ll provide additional information shortly regarding conflicts with individual school events.

This decision is not made lightly. We know that this schedule change puts a burden on families. We also know that our teachers are not taking the day off. Instead, they are taking leave from the classroom to advocate for public education, for their students and for your children. I ask that you give them your support.

More information and updates can be found on our website. Additional information will be sent to staff.


Jim Martin

Chair, Wake County Board of Education


PTA Positions

The PTA has several open positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Volunteering with the PTA is an excellent way to be involved with and make positive change for our students and staff here at OCE.

  • Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for the annual budget, monthly reports, deposits, and check requests. This position requires frequent visits to school. Our volunteer this year is super organized and ready to train her successor so it should make for a smooth transition. If you are good with numbers, this is your time to shine.

  • Silent Auction: We are in need of a person (or team of people) to plan and market the event as well as secure auction items. We already have a parent in place that will be running the online bidding system.

If you have any questions about these open positions, please email for more details.

The Carnival is Coming!

The OCE Spring Carnival will take place on Friday, May 10th. We are in need of parent volunteer help in the following areas:

  • Prizes
  • Coordinating and Checking-In Volunteers
  • Set up/clean up
  • Ticket sales (pre-order bags & bundle of tickets for day of purchase)

If you are able to help, please email Kelly and Christine (,


Book Fair: Last Chance Sale

Last minute orders for the Book Fair can be made ONLINE until April 13th.

Click here to shop and all orders will be delivered to your students at school.

Thank you for your continued support of the OCE Book Fair!

Spirit Night: Texas Roadhouse

Our next Spirit Night is at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, April 25. Check your child's weekly folder for a flyer and a coupon for a free kids meal that can be used at our event. You can also print out the flyer attached to this newsletter.


Spring Cleaning Colorcycle Collection

Don't forget to send in your dried up markers for the ColorCycle program! All old, used markers can be sent to your child's teacher or the collection bin at the front office.

Crayola ColorCycle is an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

2019-2020 School Supply Kit Orders DUE APRIL 29

Order your school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year NOW!

Kits include the exact colors, quantities, and brands of school supplies your teachers have approved for class. Simply select your track and next year's grade and your supplies will be ready for you at the start of school in July.

Place your order by April 29, 2019.

Order online at

Enter our school’s account number 38010.

Questions? Contact Whitney Ludlow at

In the Community

Apex Ambassadors Scholarship Program

Sydney McCoy, Miss Apex, has established a scholarship program for Apex students ages 5 to 19 ranging from $125 to $1,500. Money can be used for college funds.

The Apex Ambassadors Scholarship program was established to acknowledge outstanding Apex students from ages 5 to 19 years old. More than 10 boys and girls will be selected to receive the title. They will have the responsibility of representing Apex for a full year, as well as their sponsors, attending and volunteering at community events, and starting a Unique Teen Job Fair. The Ambassadors will be announced at the opening of Peak Fest on May 4th. The Ambassadors will plan community fundraisers, obtain future sponsors and continue the scholarship program.

The deadline to apply is April 20th. There is no entry fee.

For more information and to apply for the Apex Ambassadors Scholarship Program, click here.

AFHS Movie: Screenagers!

Apex Friendship High School PTSA is hosting a viewing of the movie Screenagers on April 24th from 6:30-8:00pm. All local parents (children may come, too) are welcome. The event is free.

Check out the FB invitation for more information and to RSVP so AFHS can plan accordingly.

WCPSS Presents Letterland at Pullen Park

Raleigh’s Pullen Park will be transformed into Letterland on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to celebrate preschool and elementary school students in Wake County.

Letterland brings letters to life by turning them into colorful characters, each with their own personality and stories that go along with their sounds. Wake County elementary schools in grades Pre-K-2 and many preschool programs use the phonics program as part of their literacy instruction.

Click here for more information.

AFHS Summer Sports Camps

Apex Friendship High School will be offering a variety of sports summer camps in June and July for rising K through 8th graders. Check out the flier below for details and visit to register.


4/17 - Dwayne Williams

4/30 - Jennifer Dunn

4/30 - Michelle Newberger

5/5 - Linda De la Pena

5/7 - Pamela Duke


Track 2 - April 15 - May 3

Track 1 - May 6 - May 24


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